Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster: Clarkson would love it

AMG GT C Roadster (R 190), 2016; Exterieur: designo selenitgrau magno; Interieur: Leder Nappa Exklusiv macchiatobeige; Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,4 l/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 259 g/km//AMG GT C Roadster (R 190), 2016; exterior: designo selenit grey magno; interior:Nappa leather exclusive macchiato beige; fuel consumption, combined: 11.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 259 g/km

With its gaping wide mouth grill and vents galore, bulging biceps, and a front-end that looks like it wants to devour everything in its path, the new Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster is not for the shy, retiring type. Understated it is not.

To some it may even be considered, dare I say it, a little bit vulgar? And that’s before you fire up the snorting (and rather loud) V8 biturbo engine lurking underneath. Clarkson would love it.

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster (R 190); 2016
AMG GT C Roadster (R 190), 2016; Exterior: designo selenitgrau magno; Interior: Leder Nappa Exklusiv macchiatobeige; Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 11,4 l/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 259 g/km//AMG GT C Roadster (R 190), 2016; Exterior: designo selenit grey magno

“With the AMG GT C Roadster, we are also introducing a new model variant to which we have transferred main performance-related components from our top sports car, the AMG GT R. The result: a highly dynamic driving experience in a very exclusive ambience, coupled with that pure roadster feeling.” – Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

Full fat: AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine

With the AMG GT C Roadster, Mercedes-AMG is introducing a further output level of the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo, thereby underlining the exclusive character of the new model. At 410 kW (557 hp), the peak output is 35 kW (47 hp) above that of the AMG GT S and 20 kW (28 hp) below the Mercedes-AMG GT R. The maximum torque of 680 newton metres is available from 1900 to 5750 rpm. A sprint from zero to 100 km/h is done in 3.7 seconds, accelerating to the top speed of 316 km/h.

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster (R 190); 2016
AMG GT C Roadster (R 190)

The eight-cylinder engine with its immediate response and linear, finely controllable power delivery provides powerful acceleration in all rev ranges. The AMG 4.0-litre V8 comes with well-proven twin turbocharging, with the two chargers sitting between the V of the cylinders. The advantages of the “hot inner V”: a compact engine design, spontaneous response from the turbochargers and low exhaust emissions thanks to optimum air flow for the close-coupled catalytic converters.

Want to know what all that sounds like?

Price

So, how much will it cost you to get behind the wheel of this brooding menace? Well, let’s not skirt around the issue.. it’s £139,445.00 on the road. But consider this – you will hardly lose anything in depreciation, so with any luck you might be able to justify it to the wife. It’s a no-brainer really.

Unable to persuade the wife? Ok, look away now.

The brake callipers say it all
The brake callipers say it all
AMG GT C Roadster (R 190), 2016; Interior: Leder Nappa Exklusiv macchiatobeige; Interior: Nappa leather exclusive macchiato beige
Side profile
Side profile
Rear profile
Rear profile
On location
On location

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